Author: Wendy Higgins
Date of Publication: August 16th, 2016
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.
When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
Unknown begins with our main character Amber who I absolutely loved and shows a flashback of her family moving to a new town and meeting a neighbor named Rylan. It shows how they begin as friends and how as time passes she begins to fall for Rylan, and he never knows.
Something is brewing in the world and an unknown enemy has begun to bomb places around the world. Amber is determined to help, and Rylan has returned home from the military with new news himself that will alter Amber’s world.
First off I absolutely loved this book. I loved how real and scary the world could actually become. This doesn’t begin as in most dystopian books where the world is already in chaos. Things begin before that so to see the downfall of everything really made me think.
As for the characters I adored Amber. Rarely do I love a main character so much, but I felt what she felt about everything, and she may not be ultimate fighter strong, but she is smart and takes risks. Don’t even get me started on her entire family! They were awesome, and her grandma and grandpa were so funny and cute, her parents were amazing, and her brother Tate was ridiculous but lovable.
Rylan.. Rylan.. Rylan… I don’t know if he was on the naive side, but come on he has to have known how much Amber is in love with him!!!!! The romance was pretty non existent in this book, but there are some angsty moments. Rylan really is a good guy! I really enjoyed the slow burn of what may come and hope for a full blown explosion between them in the next book!
My one pet peeve was Amber’s friend Remy! She was pretty annoying, but I am sure we all have one of those friends that is just beyond common sense. I understand she wants to see the good in everything, but it is pretty obvious that these people were not good.
If you are looking for something that is different, takes risks, gives the reader real emotions to feel then this is for you. I have a lot of feels after reading this book, and can not wait to read book two!!!
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